The University recognises that many students have been significantly impacted due to COVID-19. 

With the generous support from the Aberdeen Family, the University is proud to announce the launch of the 525 Bursary Scheme. We hope that this fund will help to reduce the financial impact of COVID-19 and support students to continue their studies at the University. 

More details regarding support available and how to apply for funding can be found below. 

Who is Eligible?

To be eligible for a 525 Bursary, individuals must be either: 

•    A currently registered student at the University of Aberdeen (on either an undergraduate, or postgraduate (taught or research) programme) – either studying full or part-time; or
•    An undergraduate or postgraduate (taught or research) widening access offer holder who has firmly accepted an offer of admission to the University of Aberdeen for the 2020/21 academic year -– either studying full or part-time.

All individuals who are part of one of these groups are eligible to apply for the fund. Students must be Home or Rest of UK fee status to apply. The fund is not open to students who are EU or international fees. Your fee status will be checked when you apply. 

Our normal policy is that students should not receive more than one of the University's financial awards: scholarships or bursaries. The 525 Bursaries are an exception to this rule and receiving support through the scheme does not disqualify you from receiving one of the University's other scholarships or bursaries. Similarly, if you are already in receipt of a University scholarship or bursary this will not negatively affect the likelihood of you being awarded a 525 Bursary.

The 525 Bursary will also operate separately to the range of emergency hardship support that may be available through our Student Support teams form other funds. 

Only one application will be supported under the 525 Bursary per individual. 

What can the bursaries be used for?

The 525 Bursaries are designed to be responsive to an individual’s financial need resulting from the impact of Covid-19.

Examples of financial need that we would expect to see on an application include:

•    Difficulty with paying rent/mortgages
•    Difficulty in meeting basic needs in the short term (including groceries and utility bills)
•    Resources and equipment required for your studies – including laptops and access to broadband
•    Supporting family members - e.g. students' children or dependants, which in turn will impact your ability to engage with study in the next academic year

The above list is not exhaustive. The key criteria that will be assessed is the urgent impact that Covid-19 has had on your ability to return, or commence, your studies now and in the new academic year.

What can the Bursaries not be used for?

The only exclusions placed on the scheme (with the exception of obvious exclusions such as illegal activities, etc.) are as follows:

•    Bursaries are not designed to supplement savings and applicants will need to evidence that they are in a short-term period of financial hardship which is impacting their ability to study now and may continue into the next Academic year. 
•    Bursaries cannot be used towards tuition fees.

If you have a problem making fee payments for full or part-time degree programmes (full or part-time), please contact the University's Tuition Fee team who will advise you about the various payment plans that can be made to give flexibility around payment dates.

How much funding will I receive?

For current students, the award will depend on students' needs, up to a maximum value of £525 per successful applicant.

Please remember that the University also operates a range of emergency hardship funds that can help meet immediate needs of current students. You should contact our Student Support team to get more details on these funds and the process to apply for them – 

We also have a rang of funding and Scholarships available for new students which you can see on our Funding Database. 

How are decisions made on who gets funding?

The University will review applications for the fund under existing processes depending on if you are a current or prospective student.  

How to apply

To apply for funding you should email and they will advise you of the application process. You can also arrange to speak to an adviser to support your application, and any other elements of support that may be useful. Where successful, payments will be made within 3 weeks of application to a UK bank account. 

Due to the size of the funds available we will be adopting a prioritisation approach to current students in the following groups:

•    receive no support from their families
•    have caring responsibilities - e.g. those with children
•    have disabilities
•    are considered 'at-risk' by the government's Covid-19 advice and who, as a result, are forced to self-isolate - e.g. people with pre-existing respiratory conditions
•    do not have an established social support system in the UK